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Definition of fiddle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    fiddle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈfɪdl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪdl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fiddle
    BrE BrE//ˈfɪdl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪdl//
     
    he / she / it fiddles
    BrE BrE//ˈfɪdlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪdlz//
     
    past simple fiddled
    BrE BrE//ˈfɪdld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪdld//
     
    past participle fiddled
    BrE BrE//ˈfɪdld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪdld//
     
    -ing form fiddling
    BrE BrE//ˈfɪdlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪdlɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] fiddle (with something) to keep touching or moving something with your hands, especially because you are bored or nervous He was fiddling with his keys while he talked to me.
  2. 2[transitive] fiddle something (informal) to change the details or figures of something in order to try to get money dishonestly, or gain an advantage to fiddle the accounts She fiddled the books (= changed a company's financial records) while working as an accountant. See related entries: Economy
  3. 3[intransitive] (informal) to play music on the violin
  4. Word Origin Old English fithele, denoting a violin or similar instrument (originally not an informal or depreciatory term), related to Dutch vedel and German Fiedel, based on Latin vitulari ‘celebrate a festival, be joyful’, perhaps from Vitula, the name of a Roman goddess of joy and victory. Compare with viol. Phrasal Verbsfiddle aboutfiddle about with something
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